Well done to Fifth Former Tara B who was the winner of this year's Donald Bancroft One Act Plays competition. Tara wrote and directed the play All About Kira, while Lower Sixth Avery K's Face Yourself was the runner-up.
Nicholas Beeby, Director of Drama and Dance, commented: 'I was delighted to inherit the Donald Bancroft One Act Playwriting competition when I came to Lancing College at the beginning of last year. It kindles an interest among students for writing for the theatre - an interest I am trying to fan the flames of in my scriptwriting class, where a group that is becoming a real family meet weekly to support each other’s creativity.
I am very proud of this year’s Bancroft competition; Tara has now got the bug badly, and is already talking of writing and directing a sequel! The job of managing peers when so young oneself is daunting and rewarding in equal measure. For Avery, with not much theatrical experience, to have had her play brought to the stage by such a dedicated team, was a truly remarkable experience. I am also thrilled that Rosalind Rees, daughter of Donald Bancroft, and her son Alex Rees OL are such staunch supporters and attend the performances every year. Long may it continue.'
Both plays were performed over the course of two nights in February.
Runner-up Avery commented:
'I would, firstly, like to express my heartfelt thanks to both the cast and Dr Baldock, for I may have written the play but it was them who’d brought it to life. I was extremely nervous before the performances, as we’d only had around two weeks of rehearsals before the first show, but the cast was amazing and I am thoroughly pleased with what they have achieved in such a short space of time.
This was, in many ways, a very personal play; there were various issues within the subject matter that were, and are, extremely pertinent to my life. While it is true that the world is much more open-minded and accepting, there are still places where it is illegal to be LGBT+. There are millions of people who are still struggling, subjected to conversion therapy, disowned, killed themselves or have been killed because of who they were, or who they loved. You can never know what someone else is going through, therefore, if you were to take anything away from this play, I implore you: be kind to others, be careful with your words, but most importantly, please be kind to yourself.
Finally, to the student who thanked me because the play helped them figure things out - thank you, you have no idea how much that means to me. This play is for you. And, to younger me who wished for representation and resolved that you were going to be the one who was going to make it happen - hey, you made it. I’m proud of you.’